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Cotswold Country Park & Beach

Want the perfect family day out in the Cotswolds?

Cotswold Country Park and Beach, located just outside Cirencester, is open year-round, and offers the largest inland beach in the UK with lifeguards on duty for paddling and swimming. This year, we are working closely with local outdoor company Dynamic Pursuits, to increase the amount of fun, water based activities that we have to offer. Some of our new activities for 2013 include: kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, raft building, and various team building activities. As well as these new activities, we are still offering boat hire (pedalo’s and rowing boats), and water zorbing (large hamster balls on the water). Our other activities include; a 9 hole crazy golf course, adventure playgrounds, lakeside walks, and bouncy castles and slides.

Here at Cotswold Country Park and Beach we have seven bookable BBQ’s, including their surrounding areas, appropriate for parties, corporate events, gatherings, and special occasions. There is also an inside heated room, known as Toad Hall, which can be booked for those rainy days.

Cotswold Country Park

So why is Cotswold Country Park and Beach the perfect family day out?

Whether there are four of you, or forty of you, there is something for everyone; even the dogs.

An exciting new addition to the Park this year is our new café, Lakeside Park Café. They have strong principles, and firmly believe that Fairtade, Local and Organic products are the best way forward – so you won’t find any Coke, Mars bars or Walkers Crisps, instead a gorgeous range of tasty offerings. You can visit the Lakeside Park Café for a tasty cake after a lovely lakeside walk, or bring your family out for lunch as you sit and watch the wildlife and activities on the lake. They also offer delicious Marshfield’s Ice Cream, and frozen yoghurts served from the Lakeside Beach Café (located next the beach).

Cotswold Beach Cafe

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Cotswold Country Park and Beach
Spratsgate Lane,
GL7 6DF.

Telephone: 01285 868096


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Please also contact Dynamic Pursuits for more information:

07580 774953

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Gloucestershire Historic Cotswold Places

Rodmarton Manor

One of the larger manor houses in the Cotswolds is Rodmarton Manor, located near Cirencester in Gloucestershire.  The building is an important monument to the Arts and Crafts style and was constructed from 1909-1929 based off a design by Ernest Barnsley.  Barnsley himself was unable to complete the building, as he died in 1925; his brother and his son in law completed the work.

The large manor house is itself a fine example of the architecture of the time, but it is also famous for the collection of furniture and crafts from the Arts and Crafts movement.  Outside the house, you can also explore eight acres of beautiful garden featuring wide lawns, a sizeable kitchen garden, elegant pathways and low stone walls, and artistically trimmed hedges and trees.

Roses and other flowers fill the air with their aroma while birds and butterflies flutter among the trees and blossoms.  The garden is particularly famous for its snowdrops.  There are more than 150 types!  There is a lot to see and do at Rodmarton Manor, so you may want to plan a whole day of it while you are staying in Cirencester.  It’s a great opportunity to get out of the city and take in some history.

Rodmarton Manor

Rodmarton Manor Website

Cotswold Towns and Villages


Cirencester, a market town in Gloucestershire, is the largest town in the Cotswolds and has one of the richest and most elaborate histories.  This is a prime destination for tourists fascinated with ancient Rome, as Cirencester was one of the two largest Roman towns in Britain.  The city is situated along the River Churn and during the age of empire it was known as Corinium Dobunnorum.

Corinium was profitable in trading wool and other goods.  When the Romans arrived on the site, the former Iron Age fort was converted into a Roman city complete with a forum and basilica.  A partially excavated site southwest of the town reveals a Roman amphitheater.  During Saxon times the same site became the scene of the Battle of Cirencester between the Mercians and West Saxons in 628 AD.  Norman times were dominated by power struggles between the townspeople and the Abbot until the Dissolution of the Monasteries in 1539 when all of the Abbeys were destroyed.  The townspeople were still frustrated with their lack of autonomy in the Tudor era, but continued to thrive on industrial production of wool and cloth.  The wealthy merchants put their money into building a large wool church known as the “Cathedral of the Cotswolds.”

In 1643, 300 people were killed when the Royalists and Parliamentarians came head to head in the English Civil War in Cirencester’s streets.  Charles II stayed a night in Cirencester while making his escape to France.

In the years since, Cirencester has only continued to grow as a market town.  Canal and railroad access helped the town to grow in earlier times and later the inclusion of major roadways brought trade in and out of the city.  While visiting Cirencester you can enjoy the town’s many different outdoor markets including the Street Market on Mondays and Fridays, the Cattle Market on Tuesdays and the Antiques Market on Fridays.  Each year the city also hosts a Festival of Arts.

Those curious about Rome can discover more about the city’s Roman roots by visiting the Corinium Museum.  Just outside of town, the Chedworth Roman Villa can give visitors a taste of what daily life was like on a typical Roman estate.

Perhaps the most famous attraction in Cirencester is Cirencester Park.  Just west of the city, this cultivated forest style garden spans more than 3000 acres.  The entrance contains a castellated structure erected in 1898.  It served as the headquarters of the 4th Battalion of the Gloucestershire Regiment.  The building is open to the public, though the mansion on the grounds is not.

The Park was designed by Earl Allen Bathurst in conjunction with his friends Alexander Pope and Stephen Switzer.  They developed the park over a period of decades to have a natural yet geometric appearance and a peaceful environment.  The park is open to pedestrians, dogs and horseback riders.  Many events are held in the park including the Cotswold Show.

Another popular tourist destination for a family fun day out is the Cotswold Country Park & Beach which is just outside of Cirencester, the park offers a beach, water sports and water activities, walks, crazy golf and much more.

As the Cotswold’s largest town and one of its oldest, Cirencester is certainly a fascinating place to visit and discover ancient history.


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